Right - I had a look at Anchor, or at least the iOS version. It is genuinely free, and it is easy to use. And, as advertised, it will publish to a lot of platforms for you. You can also link to any social media accounts you might have - for those of you who pay attention to that sort of thing. So,far, so good. There are a few drawbacks, though.
First the technical drawbacks. Editing on the platform is a dog of the female persuasion. You can do some editing, but it is in the line of stitching clips together. Try excising something from the middle of a clip and - ugh. But, if you don’t want to do anything fancy (or anything you need Bandcamp for) then you’re good. And if you do have Bandcamp, then you can always stitch your stuff together in that before uploading. Reminds me - I must have a play with mine. I used to be OK-ish at the Apple video software. How bad can this be?
Next, the commercial drawbacks. There are two reasons why Anchor is free. First, Anchor is reported to brand everything liberally with their corporate image. So, you’d better be sure that you agree with them as a corporation. Second, podcasts are published under Anchor’s accounts - not yours. So, anyone looking for your 'cast on (say) iTunes will have to look for it under the Anchor storefront. This means you are reliant on them for reporting on your stats and (if you want it) any revenue earned. Anchor are not doing this for free. They take a hefty chunk of any moneys that might be earned.
This also raises the question of ownership. It’s a thorny area, and Anchor give the usual assurances: “Everything you do is owned by you blah blah blah.” And they give the usual caveats: “Although we reserve the right to do stuff with your stuff for publicity purposes.”
Than again, we’ve all published stuff here, right?
I will admit my assessment is slightly sceptical, but that’s my take on it. the things you can do while cooking Sunday breakfast.